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Getting Around Seattle

Despite having a remote location near the Puget Sound, Seattle is linked to the rest of the United States through two major interstate highways. Interstate 5 is one of the busiest roads on the West Coast, as it runs through Washington, Oregon, and California. I-5 links Seattle to some of the nearest major cities such as Tacoma and Portland. Interstate 90's 3,100-mile span makes it possible for anyone as far as New England to drive to Seattle. Interstate 405 is a beltway that runs around Lake Washington and through the suburbs of Seattle.

Seattle has one of the highest rates of public transportation use in the United States, and the city is enjoying ongoing projects to expand its rapid transit system. Sound Transit operates light rail services, commuter rail lines, and express bus routes. The Link Light Rail consists of the Central Link and Tacoma Link services. Having a total of 11 stops, The Central Link line runs between the Sea-TAC Airport and the Westlake Station in Downtown Seattle. The Tacoma Link is a 1.6-mile line that actually serves the city of Tacoma, which is about 35 miles south of Seattle. The Sounder commuter service consists of the Everett-Seattle route and Tacoma-Seattle route. The Everett-Seattle line connects Seattle to Everett, a city that is about 30 miles to the north. As the name implies, the Tacoma-Seattle route links Washington capital city with Tacoma. Additionally, Sound Transit operates more than 20 express bus routes throughout Seattle and the rest of King County.

The King County Metro system includes an extensive bus network in Seattle and the surrounding communities. The Metro Transit network consists of more than 100 bus routes that circulate all of King County. More than 20 bus routes serve Downtown Seattle, and there are plenty of transfer options available throughout the city. One of the latest additions to Seattle's transportation infrastructure is the Seattle Street system. The 2.6 mile long South Lake Union Streetcar line makes a loop in Downtown Seattle, stopping at 11 stations. The Seattle Center Monorail is another short rapid transit rail line that operates in the Downtown district.

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is served by more than 20 airlines and is linked to more than 100 destinations. Public ground transportation options at the SeaTac Airport include Link Light Rail, and the buses of Sound Transit and King County Metro. The airport also offers more than ten car rental companies and plenty of taxi, limo, and shuttle services.